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Another study links Covid with vitamin D deficiency

Yet another study is suggesting that a vitamin D deficiency may contribute to a person’s susceptibility to COVID. This one is a bit different because researchers tested Britain’s National Health Service workers for Coronavirus antibodies and levels of vitamin D. The Daily Mail explains: Further proof that vitamin D could protect people from coronavirus emerged today after another study found adults deficient in the nutrient are more at risk of catching the disease.  Seventy-two per cent of NHS workers who were lacking in the ‘sunshine vitamin’ also tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies — a sign of previous infection. This compared to just 51 per cent for those who had a sufficient amount. The difference was even greater among those of a Black, Asian or ethnic minority, who may be more likely to have a deficiency because people with darker skin find it harder to obtain it from the sun. READ: Another study finds having a vitamin D deficiency could make you more likely to catch Covid-19 US President Donald Trump was recently hospitalized when he tested positive …

Does vitamin D work as a treatment for COVID?

According to researchers from the University of Cordoba in Spain and Belgium’s KU Leuven university treating hospitalized COVID patients with vitamin D may reduce the chances of going into intensive care. According to their study, 50 patients were treated with high doses of calcifediol, the hormone that the liver produces from vitamin D, and compared their results to 26 volunteer patients who were not given hormone. Giving calcifediol directly allowed it to enter the patient’s system quicker. The researchers reported that only two of the patients given calcifediol ended up intensive care, while half the patients (13) who were not given calcifediol ended up in intensive care. None of the patients who took calcifediol died, while two died who were not given the treatment. The Daily Mail also noted: Researchers have been divided over whether a vitamin D deficiency, which is vital to the immune system, can raise the risk of dying of Covid-19. Some scientists suggested that it may be one of the reasons black people face a higher risk of dying from the …

Study: Coronavirus Doesn’t Like Vitamin D

Another study by researchers from Northwestern University suggests that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to the coronavirus. The research group analyzed hospital data for Coronavirus patients from the US, China, UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, South Korea and Iran. The researchers found that countries with patients registering the lowest levels of vitamin D, such as Spain, France and the UK, also had the highest mortality rates from COVID-19, compared to countries with patients showing higher levels of vitamin D. They also explained why, as they linked the vitamin D deficiency to the cytokine storm that causes a hyperinflammatory condition in the lungs. The researchers noted: “Cytokine storm can severely damage lungs and lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome and death in patients. This is what seems to kill a majority of COVID-19 patients, not the destruction of the lungs by the virus itself. “ The study suggested that having sufficient vitamin D may not protect you catching the virus, but it could reduce its severity and cut the chances …